Qaddafi. Qazzafi. Qadhdhafi. Qaththafi. Gadhdhafi. Khadafy. Gazafy. Hizzafizzle. Schlebaffi. LOLdaffy.

Why are there so many different spellings for the Libyan dictator's name? An AP Stylebook post explores:

Starting on the pronunciation front, the spelling is complicated by a perfect storm of issues: Arabic letters or sounds that don't exist in English, differences in pronunciation between formal Arabic and dialects, and differences between transliteration systems.

(via Jodi Ettenberg, 'shoop by Xeni, photo: the variously-spelled leader in Tripoli, March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah )

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